Testimony of Frank
Osmond, pages 537-538
Mr. OSMAN. I was
waiting for one bell, which they strike,
one bell just before the quarter of the
hour, before the four hours, when you get
a call to relieve; and I heard three bells
strike, and I thought there was a ship
ahead. Just after that I heard the
collision, and I went out in the foresquare,
that is, the forewell deck, just against the
seamen's mess room. Looking in
the forewell square I saw ice was there. I went down
below and stepped down there, and seen the
ship was getting a bit of a list. Then they
passed the order that all the seamen had to
go up and clear away all the boats. All of us
went up and cleared away the boats. After that
we loaded all the boats there were, and I
went away in No. 2 boat, the fourth from the
last to leave the ship.
Senator BURTON. Was yours
lowered first, second, or third?
Mr. OSMAN. Fourth from
the last, about the sixteenth boat to lower.
Senator BURTON. Who had
command of that boat?
Mr. OSMAN. The fourth
officer, Mr. Boxhall.